- Emphasize the italicized words. It's the obvious choice, but I'm not convinced it would work.
- Apply a filter of some kind (say, a reverb) on the italicized words. Here's what that could sound like. I think this is a good idea, but my MC doesn't. I think my example is a little too quick, so maybe if I left a gap?
- Add "italics" and "end of italics" around the italicized words. This was my MC's suggestion, but I think this is too intrusive.
- Read the text normally, then list the italicized words after the text in question. So, something like this: "Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note. Italics: drum, funeral, note". I think it could work, but my MC thinks it goes against the rule of not altering the text.
- Just read the text normally, and not bother with the italics. This is the simplest, but it defeats the point of the italics,
- Leave out the exercises, as that's where most of the italics use like this are. This again would change the text a lot, so it doesn't seem like a good solution.
EDIT: There's a seventh solution that was staring me in the face: realise this book is not suitable for an audio format, and cancel the project.